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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Slow Art Sunday: Doge Leonardo Loredan

Slow Art Sunday: Doge Leonardo Loredan

August 16, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on the circle of Danese Cattaneo’s Doge Leonardo Loredan.

Painting in Watercolor: Workshop for Adults

August 15, 2015

Bring your lunch for one-hour lunch break (noon-1pm)

Join Cynthia Massey Parsons for a comprehensive painting in watercolor workshop. Parsons is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and she has taught numerous watercolor painting classes and workshops. Bring your supplies and plan on an informative, fun, and exciting day of painting and color theory.

Ages 15 and up, beginners to advanced, are all welcome!

Mural Tour Road Trip

Mural Tour Road Trip

August 15, 2015

Meet at the Museum for a curator-led tour of Rising Up: Hale Woodruff Murals of Talladega College. After the tour, visit mural sites created by Museum staff over the past twenty years. The day will end with a group lunch; lunch and transportation are included in the cost. Visit our website to register and learn more.

Art On The Rocks

Art On The Rocks

August 14, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

The 2015 Art On The Rocks events will take place on June 12, July 10, and August 14.

For a limited time only, BMA Members will receive 60% off a regular admission ticket now through May 31. Members, buy your tickets now to take advantage of this special rate. On June 1, the member discount returns to 40% off for the remainder of the Art On The Rocks season. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Not a member? Join today and start saving! Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

August 14: Clear Plastic Masks

Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in Detroit, met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne. What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound.

Click here to buy tickets for August.

Check back soon for more details about August’s schedule of events and special guests!

ArtBreak: Prints from the Green Collection

August 11, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on prints from the Green collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Builders No. 1

Slow Art Sunday: Builders No. 1

August 9, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Jacob Lawrence’s Builder’s No. 1.

Art & Conversation: Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

August 6, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

While focusing on our special exhibition of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega College murals, curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses how the artist combined aspects of Modernism with more traditional elements of history painting to depict the story of the Amistad captives.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Woman in Green Coat

August 4, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on Betty Grisham’s Woman in Green Coat, on view in the new exhibition Black Like Who?.

Slow Art Sunday: Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

Slow Art Sunday: Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

August 2, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Benjamin West’s Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice.

ArtBreak: Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley

ArtBreak: Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley

July 28, 2015

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Owner of Soho Retro Steve Thomas, who will lead a discussion on Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley.

Slow Art Sunday: The Green Apple

Slow Art Sunday: The Green Apple

July 26, 2015

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Green Apple.